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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

11 - STUDYING THE TORAH


Deuteronomy 6:7 --You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.
Deuteronomy 5:1 -- “And Moses called all Israel, and said to them: ‘Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your hearing today, that you may learn them and be careful to observe them.”
Deuteronomy 11:8 -- “Therefore you shall keep every commandment which I command you today, that you may be strong, and go in and possess the land which you cross over to possess.”
Numbers 15:39 -- “And you shall have the tassel, that you may look upon it and remember all the commandments of the LORD and do them, and that you may not follow the harlotry to which your own heart and your own eyes are inclined.”
Deuteronomy 31:12 -- “Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the words of this law.”

“It is evident that the precepts which exhort and command us to learn and to teach are useful; for without wisdom there cannot be any good act or any true knowledge.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim, III, 36

Maimonides ends his Mishneh Torah with the sublime words: “The sages, the prophets (and all Israel) have longed for the days of the Messiah not in the hope of establishing their rule over the whole earth, nor out of desire to exercise dominion over the idolaters – indeed, neither for the sake of being exalted by the nations, nor from any desire for food, for drink, or for pleasure – but in order that they may be free to study the Torah and its wisdom, without any oppression or interference, and so may win eternal life; as we have explained in Hilchoth Teshubah (The Laws on Repentance, IX, 2). Now at that time there will be neither famine nor war, neither jealousy nor strife – since good things will be in great abundance, and the choicest delicacies will be as common as the dust – so that the concern of all mankind will be solely to gain a knowledge of the Lord, and Israel (above all) will therefore be constituted of great sages, such as may fathom the mystery of things, attaining knowledge of their Creator according to the fullest human capacity, even as it is said, (For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.) (Isaiah 11: 9)”

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